Wing Commander Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

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First Download The Free
Game Wing Commander:

Choose from one of the following sites.

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Free game download unavailableGamesWin : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download availableHouse of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category).

Dosbox homepage

Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\WingCom. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.


Next: Open the Games folder then the WingCom folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program

Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Wing Commander game config

Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Wing Commander game config
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" and select notepad.

Wing Commander game config

Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]: 

mount c c:\games\wingcom

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.


Now Lets Extract The Wing Commander Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Wing Commander
file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Wing Commander game download

Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the Wing Commander game files, select "C:\Games\WingCom". When you're done click "Extract" and the Wing Commander files will begin to extract.

Zip program

Target Sighted!:

Wing Commander

Click on the Dosbox program in the WingCom directory and the game Wing Commander will start, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


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Anonymous said...

The game is running too fast to play. I have the opposite question, "how do I slow the action down?"

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, if you go into the dosbox config again look for a section labeled [cpu]. In that section there will be a line that will read "cycles=auto". Change this to cycles=3000. Decrease this number if the game is still to fast and you can increase it if the game runs to slow as well.


Anonymous said...


couple of things:

-after following your directions running DOSbox doesn't run the game, however double clicking on WC does but I end up with an error message when I do this: the NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction. CS:0000 IP:0077 OP:f037 05 0e 02 Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.

-there's a wing commander installation file that I've run and it tells me 'expanded memory not detected,' then refuses to continue the installation.

any ideas?

aaron said...

I can get the game to work fine. The secret mission add-ons refuse to install for me. I follow the same process in dosbox to mount both directories, run the add-on install program, tell it where everything is, and then it gets stuck asking me for wing commander disk 7.

I was hoping i could just make some file copies to force the install but it seems a little more complicated than that too.

Any suggestions please.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Aaron for floppy disk files they often need to be mounted as A: or B: .


Glenn Scrima said...

Anonymous is Dosbox loading the commands correctly (c drive etc).


Anonymous said...

I'm having a similar problem. I recently downloaded the Secret Missions for Wing Commander 1 as a zip file. I extracted it to my Wing Commander folder, selected the Secret Missions from the main menu, and was told they weren't installed. I went into the Secret Missions folder and ran the install, but it locks up when it asks for the drive that contains the Secret Missions files. In my case, it's my c: drive, but I can't type that in as an option. Does anybody have any ideas how to install the Secret Missions from the c: drive?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, try extracting them into the DISK1 sub folder. I don't know where the game expects the files to be but that might be it.


Anonymous said...

If the "Secret Missions" Zip is what I bwlieve it to be - extract to a temporary directory, then run the INSTALL program and specify the target (e.g. D:\GAMES\WINGCMDR) directory etc. The "not installed" message is due to a missing file or files in the GAMEDAT subdirectory of the installed target directory (e.g. DISK.005/6)



jt said...

i have no sound on the download u gave me. and i cant seem to slow down the game play. i tryed to go and change cycles=auto, to cycles=3000 and it went the same. wat should i do?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi try dropping it really low to like 1000 and see if that works and move it in increments of 100 from there.


Anonymous said...

Any chance that you'll be making a guide on how to play Wing Commander's Secret Missions expansion?